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15th November 2017 - F. Murray Abraham Joins Cast in Villainous Role

Oscar-winning Amadeus actor F. Murray Abraham will play the villain Grimmel in DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 3, which is set to conclude the story arc established by the first two movies about young viking Hiccup and Night Fury dragon Toothless.

Universal is releasing the third title on March 1, 2019 and F. Murray Abraham joins Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Kit Harrington, Cate Blanchett in the Dean DeBlois directed and written animated feature. Bonnie Arnold and Brad Lewis are producing.

We hear Abraham’s voice test cinched the casting: Animators put his voice from his other titles against his animated persona, and it was a perfect fit. Abraham won’t be donning a Scottish accent, rather a deep-baritone voice in the classic villain sense.

“We are thrilled that F. Murray Abraham has joined our How To Train Your Dragon 3 cast as the villainous Grimmel. This character brings a captivating new story line to the culmination of our trilogy. There is a gentlemanly calm to this sinister role, one that dovetails beautifully with this iconic actor’s immense range and talents,” said Chris deFaria, Head of DreamWorks Animation.
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  • 22nd January 2015 - Pushed Back to 2018
    How to Train Your Dragon 3 is just one of many DreamWorks Animation films being pushed back as it cuts down its feature film production from three films a year, to two.

    Restructuring at DreamWorks Animation will focus the studio’s production on six films in the next three years, which will include one film and one sequel per year.

    Kung Fu Panda 3 and Trolls will be released in 2016, Boss Baby and The Croods 2 in 2017, and Larrikins and How to Train Your Dragon 3 (originally scheduled for release in summer 2017) in 2018.

  • 2nd September 2014 - Pushed Back to 2017
    DreamWorks Animation announced today that How to Train Your Dragon 2 crossed the $600 million mark on Labor Day, while the third installment has been pushed back a year.

    A record-breaking opening in China coupled with success in territories around the world have catapulted “Dragon 2″ to become the highest-grossing animated film of the year and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre. Through Monday, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has grossed $174 million domestically and $426 million in international markets.

    The company also announced that How to Train Your Dragon 3, which was facing Finding Dory and The Nice Guys on June 17, 2016, has been pushed back to a June 9, 2017 release. It has that date to itself for now, although right before it comes the second LEGO Movie on May 26 and a week after another Pixar movie is scheduled.
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  • 9th September 2012 - Release Date Revealed
    The following DreamWorks Animation films will be distributed by Fox: The Croods for March 22, 2013, Turbo for July 19, 2013 and Mr. Peabody & Sherman for November 1, 2013; Me and My Shadow for March 14, 2014, How to Train Your Dragon 2 for June 20, 2014 and Happy Smekday! for November 26, 2014; The Penguins of Madagascar for March 27, 2015, Trolls (working title) for June 5, 2015, B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations for November 6, 2015 and Mumbai Musical (working title) for December 19, 2015; Kung Fu Panda 3 for March 18, 2016 and How to Train Your Dragon 3 for June 18, 2016.
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  • 3rd December 2010 - Third Film Confirmed
    Katzenberg: "Yeah, there’s probably a fourth there. Kung Fu Panda actually has 6 chapters to it, and we’ve mapped that out over the years. How To Train Your Dragon is at least three: maybe more, but we know there are a least three chapters to that story. There are actually 8 books."

    But they’re very different from the film.

    Katzenberg: "Yes. But there are elements of them that actually… as you know, there are many islands in the world of Berk, and different things there, so we’ll see. But right now, today, we know that there are three for sure that we want to tell and there may be more. We haven’t thought, you know, how do we continue beyond that."
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